26 September 2023

ACT-designed ambulances soon on our roads

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In an Australian first, the ACT Emergency Service Agency (ESA) is to co-design and develop net zero emission operational emergency services vehicles.

Announced by Chief Minister Andrew Barr, ACT ESA has partnered with Volvo Group Australia to co-design up to seven vehicles that meet the operational requirements of an emergency service.

Mr Barr said there were currently no low or zero emissions emergency service vehicles available on the market.

“This partnership will allow current leading edge zero and low emission technology to be incorporated into the critical design requirements for emergency services vehicles,” Mr Barr said.

“Fulfilling this contract will consolidate ESA’s position as an Australian leader in sustainability in emergency services.

ACTESA Commissioner Georgeina Whelan said that at its core, the ACT ESA strived to ensure the safety of the community, staff and volunteers.

“Making the transition to a sustainable fleet and contributing to the wellbeing of Canberrans and our environment aligns with this key commitment,” Commissioner Whelan said.

Minster for Police and Emergency Services, Mick Gentleman said the partnership would help ensure the Territory’s frontline responders had the vehicles they needed to help protect the community, “but in a way that ensures we don’t harm our environment.”

“Just as importantly, by working closely with Volvo we can ensure these vehicles also enhance the health, safety and comfort for frontline responders,” Mr Gentleman said.

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